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Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Backstage films from the live relay of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, including a closer look at the character of the Queen of Hearts

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

16 December 2014 at 9.58pm | 8 Comments

Christopher Wheeldon's Royal Ballet production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was relayed live to cinemas around the world on 16 December 2014.

The relay featured a series of backstage films, including rehearsal footage and interviews with members of the cast and creative team.

If you missed the screening on the night, or just want to find out more about the production, here's another chance to see the films:

Creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

'When Chris said "I'm going to make a ballet out of this", I thought "You're insane, how could you make a ballet of this?!",' says designer Bob Crowley. 'It's a very complicated thing because it involves all sorts of illusions.'

'Sometimes creating a new ballet can be very difficult - a struggle even - but Alice really wasn't,' says Christopher Wheeldon of the ballet which had its premiere in 2011. 'We had a very good time putting it together'

Watch Christopher, Bob, composer Joby Talbot, and dancers Sarah Lamb and Edward Watson discuss the process of creating the ballet:

Becoming the Queen of Hearts

'The Queen of Hearts is a combination of a lot of people - friends and people that I admire. It's an outrageous character that can go anywhere,' says Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky, who created the character in 2011.

'We decided that she'd be like a maniacal toy,' says Christopher Wheeldon.

Watch the cast and creative team discuss one of modern ballet's most memorable characters:

The Royal Opera House Cinema Season broadcasts performances to more than 1,300 cinemas in 30 countries around the world. Check the website to see if there's an encore of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland near you.

The next live relay of 2014/15 will be The Royal Opera's Andrea Chénier on 29 January 2015. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our cinema mailing list.

This article has 8 comments

  1. Donald Rogers responded on 19 December 2014 at 9:34am Reply

    Do you have a DVD of Alice's Adventures with Sarah Lamb as lead?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 23 December 2014 at 3:27pm

      Hi Donald,

      I'm afraid not. The production is available on DVD, but with Lauren Cuthbertson dancing the role of Alice.


      ROH Content Producer

  2. Ailsa Floyd responded on 21 December 2014 at 3:11pm Reply

    I watched the live screening on Tuesday 16th December, I loved it. Ricardo Cervera was off games so who was Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit? Ailsa

  3. Vicky responded on 28 December 2014 at 7:50pm Reply

    Thank you so much ROH for a marvellous production. I saw an encore screening today with my 7 year old daughter - almost as good as being there. Our favourite things were the Cheshire Cat - all the various parts of him; the maniacal Queen of hearts - sheer talent to dance badly so well; the quirky and neurotic white rabbit - so well-realised by Alexander Campbell, the understudy, we were totally won over to him. All dancers brilliant and fantastic choreography. I truly think Ballet if the highest Art Form. Thanks again.

  4. Elaine M Brignall responded on 16 March 2015 at 10:21pm Reply

    I have just watched this production on TV Sky Arts. Was out of the country at Christmas so didn't see it earlier. It is a very, very long time since l saw an absolutely incredible, wonderful, magical, clever and facinating production like this. I am in ore of this show. Want to scream from the rooftops ..........well done!
    Thank You!

  5. Al Powell responded on 6 October 2015 at 2:44pm Reply

    I've just watched this amazing production on Sky Arts and wondered if it had been released on DVD yet with Sarah Lamb as Alice?

    Many thanks,


    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 10 October 2015 at 7:50pm

      Dear Al

      The only performance of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland that has been released on DVD to date is from the original run with Lauren Cuthbertson in the lead role.

      Best wishes


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